“Last year is last year and right now everyone is starting with zeroes across the board. We’re just excited to get back out there." - Jimmy Howard
Andrej Nestrasil, the Red Wings' third round pick in 2009, will make his NHL debut tonight.
"I'm excited for Nesty, it's pretty exciting for him. You want to share this with the people you love and the people that helped you along the way... he played well and he's earned his right to start here today." - Mike Babcock
"I think if you'd asked anybody a year ago if I was going to play in the NHL, they'd say 100 percent no... but I always hoped deep down it would happen and now it's here so I'm really happy for it." - Andrej Nestrasil.
Nesty will play on a line with Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist, and will likely get some time on the second power play unit, as well.
"We're really impressed with the development and the depth of our group... we don't have as much star power as we used to, but we have good depth and we're hopeful these kids are going to turn into real players." - Mike Babcock
Jakub Kindl will play, and will likely be paired with Kyle Quincey.
Stephen Weiss and Dan Cleary will likely be healthy scratches up front.
Brian Lashoff will be the healthy scratch on the back end.